Joint Discomfort and Remedies
Take a few moments to scan your body. How does your body feel today? Is there any tightness, soreness, or are you favoring one knee over another? Now, just do something simple – stand up. How did this movement feel? Did you notice any joint discomfort in your knees, ankles, hips, lower back, or neck?
These might seem like tedious questions, but what we’re trying to do here is to get you to tune-in to how your body is feeling. The fascinating thing about us humans is that we get used to the aches, tightness, discomfort, and soreness in our bodies and joints. This is just part of how we cope and manage with the signals the body sends to indicate there is a problem.
However, we don’t want you to be just coping and managing your life. Our company vision at SierraSil is to help one million or more people live healthier and more active lives. And this is exactly why we want to help you understand the facts around joint discomfort and soreness.
The entire SierraSil team believes that the more you know about joint discomfort, the better you able you are to live the life you want. In this article we dig into the causes of joint discomfort, the signs and symptoms of joint discomfort, treatment options for your joint discomfort and soreness, and we help you understand more about arthritis.
What Causes Joint Discomfort?
Joint pain discomfort is caused by a break-down within the affected joint. This break-down can be tied to the cartilage, bones, ligaments, tendons, or muscles that make up and support the joints. Typically, joint discomfort is connected to an inflammation in the impacted joint.
For example, when the cartilage between two bones begins to wear down, you get bone-on-bone friction, this can cause soreness, swelling, inflammation, sensitivity, and redness.
There is also the joint discomfort that comes when you push your body in a work-out, slip on the ice, or simply sleep funny. Joint discomfort caused by an injury often results in a strain, sprain, inflamed tendons, etc. This type of joint discomfort usually resolves itself with rest, physiotherapy, and a gradual return to activity.
However, the joint discomfort that so many of you deal with every day is different. For many of you, this joint discomfort accumulated in severity over a few years. You noticed that your knees are a bit stiff in the morning and then over time, you realized that your knees stiffen up after sitting for a while, eventually resulting in severe stiffness and soreness that makes it hard to move around comfortably. If you have an auto-immune disease such as Crohn’s Disease, fibromyalgia, or ulcerative colitis, you might develop rapid and suddenly intensely sore joints overnight.
At its core, this joint discomfort is caused by a break-down in how your joints work and how your body is able to deal with the associated inflammation and soreness. The good news is that you don’t need to live with this constant joint discomfort and soreness. The last thing we want you to do is to get “used to” having joint discomfort.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Joint Discomfort?
The signs and symptoms of joint discomfort really depend on the specific underlying cause of the soreness and discomfort. A range of conditions and diseases including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, gout, strains, sprains, auto-immune disease, and a range of injuries can cause joint discomfort.
While each condition has its own list of signs and symptoms, we do know that there are some common signs and symptoms, regardless of the underlying cause.
- Stiffness in the joint.
- Puffiness and swelling around the joint.
- Redness and skin irritation.
- Sensitivity to touch and pressure.
- A feeling like the joint locks and will not move.
The level of discomfort associated with these signs and symptoms can range from being mild to chronically debilitating. For some of you, the signs and symptoms of joint discomfort will be short-term. But for many of you, we know that you’re living with unpleasant joint soreness on a daily basis.
The cumulative impacts of living with the signs and symptoms of joint discomfort can lead to depression, weight-gain, loss of motivation, and a feeling of despair. This is why we want you to know that you should not be coping with and managing your joint discomfort. Joint discomfort is more than having a stiff knee – it’s about your overall emotional well-being and ability to live a healthy and active life – a life that you feel good about.
What is Arthritis?
According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. This disease impacts people of all ages, races, gender, and activity levels. In fact, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children are living with some kind arthritis. We do know that arthritis is more common in women and its signs and symptoms often appear as we age.
The word arthritis refers to more than 100 different types of arthritis. Because of the vast number of different kinds of arthritis, the signs and symptoms are widely varied. Some people have mild symptoms that come and go while others have chronic symptoms that make it impossible to walk easily or to live a full life.
While arthritis is commonly understood to impact the joints, there are some types of arthritis that can attack the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, and skin. The different types of arthritis can be grouped into the following categories:
- Degenerative Arthritis: osteoarthritis is the most common type of degenerative arthritis. This arthritis is caused when the cartilage between the bones wears down, causing the bones to rub together – causing discomfort, swelling, and stiffness.
- Inflammatory Arthritis: when the immune system misfunctions, it can attack the body. With inflammatory arthritis, the immune system attacks the joints causing intense soreness and damage that can lead to permanent joint erosion. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are types of inflammatory arthritis.
- Infectious Arthritis: a fungus, virus, or bacterium can cause joint inflammation, resulting in infectious arthritis.
- Metabolic Arthritis: for people who have high levels of uric acid that the body cannot get rid of effectively, this acid can turn into needle-like crystals in the joints, causing intense spikes of discomfort. Gout is the most common type of metabolic arthritis.
If you have ongoing soreness and unexplained joint discomfort, it’s very important that you see your doctor. Your doctor will likely order blood tests and do a physical exam to determine if you do have arthritis.
To learn more about arthritis, and what you need to know, visit the Arthritis Foundation website.
How Can I Treat and Ease My Joint Discomfort and Soreness?
The first step in treating and easing your joint discomfort and soreness requires you to get a diagnosis from your doctor. Getting this diagnosis and learning the underlying causes for your joint discomfort won’t happen overnight. You’ll likely need to see a specialist such as a rheumatologist to get a definitive diagnosis. We can’t stress enough how important it is to get this diagnosis.
After you have the diagnosis, your doctor will create a treatment plan for you that enables you to get back to living an active and full life. While this treatment plan varies based on your age, overall health, the cause of your joint discomfort, and the severity of your discomfort – there are some general treatment options and standards.
- Exercise: this might seem counter-intuitive, but research shows that exercises such as strength work, aerobics, swimming, tai chi, and light yoga can help improve the range of motion in your joints. The stronger the muscles and ligaments around your joints, the more supported they are and the better able you can move.
- Weight loss: many of us are carrying more weight than we should. This extra weight puts unnecessary strain on your joints, increasing the levels of discomfort and soreness.
- Natural supplements: natural supplements like SierraSil Joint Formula 14 can be effective in reducing your joint discomfort, swelling, and inflammation. It’s important that when you research supplements that you only take a supplement that has been clinically proven to be effective in treating and managing joint discomfort. Learn about the clinical support for SierraSil that demonstrates that SierraSil is safe and effective and promotes joint health and function.
- Medications: there is a range of medication available to treat your joint discomfort. The type and frequency of this medication is based on the reasons for your joint discomfort. Do not take any medications without first discussing these with your doctor.
To learn more about the treatment options for arthritis, visit the following pages on the Arthritis Foundation website:
We urge you to learn more about the natural options you have for treating your joint discomfort. Along with exercise, dietary changes, stress management – all-natural joint supplements can be the difference-maker for you.
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